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Highland Village

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Well worth the time

We experienced this village via a shore excursion from the cruise ship docked in Sydney (by the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
travelgil
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Nashville, Tennessee
Take a step back in time to your Scottish heritage.

Beautifully recreated village founded by the Scottish immigrants. Meet the Scots before they left... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
scottjnpg
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Aurora, Missouri
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Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or...more
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn’t actually end up going into the attraction. I was really looking forward to visiting this site. I had heard about it at a teacher’s Gaelic workshop a few years ago. After checking to see if it would be accessible for my mother in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the feedback. While we are pleased the Highland Village continues to be a site of interest for many visitors, we are sorry to hear that your visit was not enjoyable because of the buses present that day. Our staff would have been...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We experienced this village via a shore excursion from the cruise ship docked in Sydney (by the giant fiddle). It was about an hour drive along some beautiful countryside. The village has a spectacular setting and several interesting buildings and re-enactors showcasing period dress and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully recreated village founded by the Scottish immigrants. Meet the Scots before they left Scotland and journey with them across the waters to their new land. See the hardships they faced and visit with individuals acting the various personages. In Gaelic it is Baile nan...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad you enjoyed! Thank you for visiting with us and taking the time to write.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here after some other plans were canceled and were glad we did. Set high on a hill, the village tells the evolution of the Highland Scots who emigrated to the area in the 1700s. People in period costumes are in each of 11...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're glad that one of life's turns took you to us and that you had an enjoyable visit. Thank you for telling us about it.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic couple of hours exploring the history of the early Gaelic settlers interacting with the period characters and visiting the homes throughout the centuries. This was fun even on a cloudy/rainy day and my 3 year old loved the animals and open...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We love to hear about family experiences at the Village. Thank you for sharing yours.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The lady in the Black House (first stop) was excellent! She answered all our questions while staying in character. The gentleman in the Carding Hut was just outstanding. He very patiently demonstrated and explained the procedure for processing wool. Overall the visit was well worth...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write. We are fortunate to have people working at the Village who take pride in telling the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia b

Reviewed August 9, 2019

Visited here on journey from Cape Breton back to Halifax and after a short diversion off the main highway via a chain ferry link we spent a delightful afternoon here exploring the site. Designed in chronological order the journey plots the history of the Gaelic...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2019

A brave new world indeed! Incredible people to come to this land with its harsh climate extremes. Thank you for telling us about your visit.

Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

This is about the history of the Gaelic people in Nova Scotia, and a consciousness-raising about working to keep that culture and its language alive. It is all done REALLY well in this breathtaking setting surrounded by the inland sea. A must visit for anyone...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2019

Thank you for the lovely comments. You perfectly captured what we are doing at the Highland Village.

Reviewed August 3, 2019

We spent a lovely afternoon wandering the village. We enjoyed learning about the area and the early settlers there. We were lucky to be able to see an enactment of a Gaelic kitchen party with song and fiddle and dance. The views from the site...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2019

Thank you for telling us about your visit. It sounds like you had a great time.

Reviewed August 2, 2019

Really nice park, very interesting concept. There’s a nice little video at the start of the tour that gave some context to the park and the story it tells. The first building we went to had a lovely young man who was really into his...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2019

Thank you for telling us about your visit. We are sorry to hear that you experienced some negative interaction. This is very uncharacteristic behaviour by our staff, hot day or not. In fact, this type of behaviour has never been reported in any other review...More

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SusanD2256
May 14, 2019|
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Response from MaxMacDonald | Property representative |
There is no public transportation available and the Highland Village does not have that service. However, we are intrigued by your story and connection to Cape Breton. We are looking to see if there is a way to assist you... More
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Lucy R
January 10, 2019|
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Response from Libby613 | Reviewed this property |
I think 3 hours is good
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LoreliJB
June 19, 2017|
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Response from April Joy B | Reviewed this property |
you would have to rent a car to go which is about a 70 km or over an hour ride. the scenery is spectacular. You could try UBER or alternatively a taxi BUT what i would suggest is contacting Cruiseline and if there is... More
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